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This thread consolidates many other SNA threads already posted on the topic â€what tracks would you recommend to audition hi-fi?â€ so that all this advice is in one place. Iâ€™ve done it as multiple posts because it came to 11,500 words. Each of my posts is based on one or a few threads, and has the link to that thread, my quick take on its contents, and my cut-and-pastes of recommendations that looked particularly relevant. My next few posts explain why Iâ€™ve done this, and has my caveats and disclaimer. The keywords I was looking for were â€œtracksâ€ â€œsongsâ€ â€œauditionâ€ â€œtestâ€ and similar. The advice I was looking for was the why as well as the what of the recommendation, plus a touch of which. Hereâ€™s what I mean, the ideal recommendation looks like this: Artist/Album/Track: aka what was recommended Medium/pressing: aka which format and version eg â€œnot the remaster...â€ Comment: aka why itâ€™s a fine track for the purposes of auditioning hifi The rest of this thread should take this shape: My detail on why I did this, method, caveats, disclaimers, acknowledgements (two posts) A detour into stereophile (one post) Threads â€“ general audition track threads with specific recommendations (about 12 posts) Threads â€“ gear reviews (one post) Threads â€“ media manufacturers (one post) Threads â€“ bass audition track recommendations (four posts) Further recommendations, if any, and any general discussion arising (SNA members). Using this thread: If you find something you like, you can go to that thread, and also search this thread for other mentions of the same thing. For example, the Kodo Heartbeat Drummers of Japan and the 1989 Telarc 1812 Overture are repeatedly referenced. [use the SNA topic search bar or use CTRL â€“ F] The facet of listening that you are particularly looking for might also be found using SNA topic search or CTRL â€“ F. For example, â€œsoundstageâ€ â€œcannonâ€. This thread is limited to mentions of specific audition tracks that are supported by detailed listening reasons. Please go to the linked threads for: 1. Lists of tracks recommended for entire audition CDs (the cash-laden audiophileâ€™s equivalent of a mix tape) 2. Debate about whether you should use familiar or unfamiliar tracks when auditioning 3. Useful advice about using a shoddy recording as part of your audition 4. Using live tracks as part of your audition 5. Auditioning bass in context with other music, in other words not just on its own 6. General recommendations 7. Stuff to do with test tones (The jury seems to be out on #2, but the majority view seems to be â€œyes, you shouldâ€ on #3, #4 and #5)
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